What: Father Christmas returns to the city on Sunday, December 3, with thousands of people expected to participate in the parade and line the parade route. The parade starts at noon, at West Georgia and Broughton, then travels east along West Georgia, before turning south on Howe and finishing at Howe and Davie. The event has become a Vancouver tradition with hundreds of colourful floats and performances from bands, choirs, and community groups.
When: Sunday, December 3, 2017
Time: Christmas Square from 10 am to noon, parade starts at noon
Where: Christmas Square outside Vancouver Art Gallery; Parade starts at West Georgia and Broughton, ends at Howe and Davie – Vancouver
What: The Toque Fundraiser and Craft Fair raises funds for Western Front, an artist-run centre for contemporary art and new music based in Vancouver. The centre produces and presents visual art, exhibitions, concerts and workshops, media-art residencies, and performance art. The Toque Fundraiser and Craft Fair showcases a curated selection of designers and artists, as well as offering shopping, a back deck barbecue, and bake sale.
When: Now to December 3, 2017
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Luxe Hall at Western Front – 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver
What: Led by award-winning counsellor and stand up comic David Granirer, Stand Up For Mental Health teaches stand-up comedy to people with mental illness as a way of building confidence and fighting public stigma. This show features Granirer, the 2017 class and the SMH Alumni.
What: The 4th annual Burnaby Christmas Craft Fair features 80% local handmade items and live music along with a raffle and prizes. Partial proceeds from the craft fair go towards the music program at Burnaby Central Secondary School.
When: Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3, 2017
What: Visit the Cloverdale Town Centre in Surrey and celebrate the arrival of Santa with a magical, evening, lighted parade. There will be vintage cars, vintage trucks, floats, boats, and more. There will be several groups along with the route selling food and novelties, with proceeds going to charity. Please consider bringing a non-perishable food donation or gift item for the Surrey Food Bank and the Surrey Christmas Bureau.
What: Sweet Soul Burlesque’s Sweet Sip is ready to kick off your holiday celebrations. Hosted by Crystal Precious, with performances by Cherry On Top, Melody Mangler, Ariel Helvetica, special guest Ginger Valentine, and DJs Roy Abel and Tina Tank Gyal.
When: Sunday, December 3, 2017
Time: 9 pm
Where: The Keefer Bar – 135 Keefer Street, Vancouver
What: The 37th annual Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair will feature over 100 BC artisans. The Poirier Forum will be turned into a holiday wonderland offering attendees artisan crafts, prepared foods, holiday gifts, and decor.
When: Now to Sunday, December 3, 2017
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Poirier Forum – 618 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
Price: $3 at the door, kids 12 and under free
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Daniel Chai is a writer and actor based in Vancouver, BC.